BA (Hons) Music University of Lincoln

Welcome to Music at Lincoln, a friendly, collaborative community of musicians performing, composing, producing and writing about classical, rock, pop and music from around the world.

BA (Hons) Music is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). The University of Lincoln has been awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

Small group and individual teaching gives you the opportunity to feel involved with the subject and able to express your views.

Workshops with visiting musicians from across the UK and abroad form a crucial part of the practical learning at Lincoln.

London-based quintet, Valia Calda lead a workshop on group improvisation.

Violinist Rebecca Smith (who's played with Opera North, Scottish Opera and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) gives a workshop on the Bach Double Violin Concerto.

AC/DC record producer Tony Platt gives a production and performance workshop (organised through our JAMES accreditation).

A wide range of subjects are offered through a flexible curriculum that places you at the centre of your learning.

The BA Music programme brings together five distinct strands:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Music Production
  • Enterprise
  • Musicology (the study of music)

In your first year these are taught across different modules, but soon come together in year two where you get to specialise in either performance or composition. More collaboration brings these areas closer together and by the third year you are working as a rounded musician in all areas that interest you to prepare you for the professional world.

There is scope across the whole degree to specialise in areas that interest you, but also to try new things and experience a wide range of opportunities from teaching music to promoting a festival.

The map below shows the modules available in 2017–18: from time to time new modules are added and old ones are taken away, but we endeavour to maintain the balance of different areas of study.

Enthusiastic staff use innovative approaches to teaching, with academic learning and practical activities going hand-in-hand to fully explore a subject.


Performance and composition lie at the heart of the degree, with regular rehearsals of staff and student-run ensembles, opportunities to perform on and off campus, and expert composers and performers on the staff.

Perform in the Funk and Soul band and the World and Folk band.

Perform in and write music for the University Choir and Chamber Ensemble.

Form your own bands and collaborate with other students.

Compose concert music, music for the stage, music for film and more with expert support from professional composers.

Compose and produce in any style and genre using industry-standard sequencing and recording software.

Compose notated music using facilities in the Mac Lab and Audio Edit Suites.

Write music for the stage and screen, collaborating with students in Drama & Theatre, Dance, Audio Production and many other programmes.

Students embrace classical, rock and pop performance, often learning new styles and skills and broadening their musical horizons.

You will receive lessons in your chosen instrument (or voice) throughout the degree. These are delivered by our team of expert instrumental teachers who will support you across your degree.

Students perform a solo recital at the end of their first year.

Learn, rehearse, practice and collaborate in facilities across the modern Brayford Pool campus.

Several studio spaces and the 450-seat theatre make up the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a place for rehearsals and shows. The Engine Shed and Platform bring acts from across the world and give a professional venue for student gigs.

The MHT Building houses a suite of soundproofed rehearsal rooms fully equipped for individual practice and group rehearsals. Record and produce music with industry-standard audio edit suites, production studios, a Mac lab, recording studios and a sound theatre for work with film.

Other spaces across campus include Project Space Plus, a flexible gallery used for exhibitions, performances, workshops and more.

Collaborate with a wide variety of programmes within the School of Fine and Performing Arts and in the wider College and University community.


Drama & Theatre


Fine Art

Create music for new media and learn how present work in innovative formats and interactive installations.

Write and perform music for film and TV.

Make music a part of immersive, narrative experiences.

Combine performance with film and other media

Create interactive installations with your music and sound

Present your work in galleries and unusual spaces.

Pop and rock gigs, classical concerts, and theatre on campus, plus a vibrant music scene in the region, make Lincoln a great place to discover new music and art.


Music at Lincoln prepares graduates for careers as performers, songwriters, musical directors, arrangers, orchestrators, composers, teachers, vocal coaches, producers, agents and event managers, or to go on to further study.

Graduate in the magnificent surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral.

Support via the University Careers and Employability team, and the Personal Tutor system ensures you have advice and guidance throughout your degree.


We're here to help. If you have any questions at all, just get in touch directly with the music team through the details below.

Want to find out more?

Get answers directly from the music team by emailing any of our staff. See who they are here. Or email Dr Robert Dean, Programme Leader for Music and he'll be happy to help with any queries you have.

Get in touch with any questions or just say hello. #LoveLincoln

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